Phyllis Hyman

Active - 1982 - 1989  |   Born - Jul 6, 1950   |   Died - Jun 30, 1995   |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Multi-talented jazz and soul singer Phyllis Hyman was popular during the '70s and '80s. In addition to singing engagements and recording, Hyman also occasionally acted on stage. She won a Tony for her work in Sophisticated Ladies. Hyman appeared in a handful of feature films too, including Spike Lee's School Daze (1988) and Lenny (1974). Hyman died from an overdose of pills on June 30, 1995. Police ruled her death a suicide.